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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 8/27/19

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Luke Voit could return Friday; Xander Bogaerts was almost a Yankee; Judge fulfilled his promise to a fan; Yankees continue record home run pace

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NY Post | George A. King III Luke Voit hit a home run on Saturday and went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Sunday for Triple-A Scranton. Before the game in L.A. on Sunday, Aaron Boone said they expect Voit to rejoin when they return from their road trip. That timeline puts Voit back in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup as soon as Friday night against the A’s.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty According to a report from the Boston Globe, the Yankees tried hard to sign Xander Bogaerts as a teenager in Aruba. The Yankees reportedly offered to double the Red Sox offer of $410,000, but Bogaerts and his family had already committed to Boston and didn’t want to go back on their word. The Yankees have done just fine with Didi Gregorius as their shortstop, but it’s an interesting what-if scenario.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch Aaron Judge was seen on video promising a home run to a fan before the game on Sunday, and he delivered with a solo shot against Clayton Kershaw in the Yankees 5-1 victory in L.A. The fan was John Brown, the father of Yankees catching coach Jason Brown. Judge was quoted as saying, “I saw him on the field and ran over, wanted to say a quick hello to him and his family. I told him I’d get one tonight. The wind was blowing right and I was able to do it.”

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert The Yankees surpassed the 1987 Orioles and the 1999 Mariners for the most home runs in a calendar month on Sunday, and they still have five more games to add to their new record. The Bombers are on pace to surpass their record of 267 home runs in a season, even if they trial the Twins in homers. The Yankees hit plenty of home runs, but they’re confident with their approach with runners on base as well. Judge told the Daily News, “We score with guys on base, you can tell by our runners in scoring position, we don’t score by just the homers.”